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Disability Narratives

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Interview excerpt: Stella reflects that her worry that she will not be believed prevents her from telling people about her depression.

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I don't know - I don't know if it's stigma. Because being in this university is a fairly - alright, lots of people here are fairly liberal, and leftie, and right-on, and they know that there's no stigma around it, but [sigh] I guess, you know - I don't want to tell too many people. I don't know why that is. I think it's just - you don't want - I don't want - Is it that I don't want people to - I think people might just - no. Do you know what, I think it's - I think people won't believe me. And they won't believe me, that they'll somehow think I'm making it up. "But you're at work, you're -." You know, because - And I'm talking to you now, and I'm smiling and laughing and joking. And I mean, I'm not - I'm not in a down at the moment. I mean, sort of fairly high spirits, and things like that. So I feel - Like if I was sitting over on that sofa there looking, I would say "Oh, this isn't a depressed person talking, this is just someone moaning about stuff."